Adopt an open and expansive mind. Let go of memories and the rational thinking mind, relaxing fully in the present moment. When you feel grounded, ponder happiness. What is it? Without words, mental activity or expectations, see what happens for you. A feeling of blankness or void may arise. If so, allow yourself to fall into it and even float in it.
In reality, happiness is a fleeting moment that often cannot be specifically defined with detail. There are so many things present when happiness occurs, including harmony of mind, body, spirit, heart and environment. Neutral observation is key. Let those memories fade away!
Cherish life. Cherish the whole journey without any need to attach your worthiness to achievements, external recognition or rewards. See yourself as part of the great big web of life where everything that happens, including the coming and going of relationships, jobs, skills acquired and community are simply the natural ebb and flow of life’s journey.
There is no such thing as success or failure. Outcomes are never solely produced by you as you are always interconnected with others. Just like new trees bursting through the ground, you are a part of the seeds and root system of all surrounding trees. Nothing happens on it’s own. Your life like all others is an adventure. Enjoy the ride as you move through each passing year. Explore, discover, learn and grow, knowing that you are always so much more than your creations. Honour your emotions every step of the way. Reap the lessons to be had and then move on … flow with life!
Embrace your perfectly imperfect self! Allow yourself to be uncomfortable in the moment. This more expansive than maintaining a cheerful mask to hide feelings. Commit to being fully authentic and present. Show up for new experiences during meditation, conversations and group learning. Even though the experience may not turn out the way you want or you find it difficult, accept it as the great dance of life! Stepping into action is critical as this is where new ways of being and seeing happens.
Accept your experience in the moment. Whether you feel happy, awkward or messed up, let go of any dualistic thinking involving good or bad. In the bigger picture of life, dark and light are two sides of the same coin. Both are normal and necessary, a part of the natural flow of life. Anytime we deny our present experience, we deny ourselves. Recognizing interconnection and oneness with all is essential.
Show up just the way you are. Allow your truth to be expressed with no need to hide what is happening inside you. Every time you reveal your authentic self, you will feel increasing flow within and less fear or need to hide. Believe that you are worthy and can release old patterns of shame, doubt and inferiority.
When practicing presence, be sure to allow full self-acceptance in the moment. Whether you are prepared or not prepared, anxious or confused, happy or sad, simply allow yourself to be. If thoughts, doubt or judgements arise, let them flow out of your mind as easily as they flowed in. Focus instead on what is most important … loving your true self! Remember that you do not need to be totally confident and clear when embarking on a new way of living and being. Just bring an open heart every step of the way!
View your life as precious. Notice what enriches your life and what depletes you. Focus on nourishing activities in the moment. Consider whether it is time with loved ones or time alone, in meditation and stillness. Is it being actively engaged in something you enjoy or stretching yourself with a new craft or skill? Every moment produces something different. They key part of living mindfully in the moment is to shift away from old habits that no longer serve you to experience better choices in the moment. Make a list of what uplifts you and supports mind/body/emotional balance and wellness. Step into positive action in the moment and then notice how your life flows more easily!
Ensure presence is a regular part of daily life. Spend time fully in the moment in places that evoke wonder and fascination within. Follow what touches your heart and stirs you deeply. Whether it is a tiny wild flower, the spontaneous laughter of a child, or sun setting over ocean waters, being fully present in the moment is sure to elicit a deep sense of joy. These wonderful experiences reflect total alignment between your inner and outer realms, which is essential for increasing satisfaction in life!
Living in the present moment with an open mind is key for moving forward in life. Engage all of your senses and bring a degree of curiosity to whatever is around you. This is where spontaneous change can happen, where insights and even inspiring ideas may instantly arise within. These synchronicities often lead you to feeling you were at exactly the right place at the right time, receiving the essential message needed in the moment!
For instance, if you were working hard weeding your garden and a deer suddenly appears, you may get a flash of insight that it would be better to slow down and be more gentle with your actions. In that very moment, your hands, arms and back instantly feel less tension and as a result, you adopt this new way of weeding which supports future wellness. This is one of the great gifts of presence!
Emotions come and go. Sometimes they flow through us and other times become stuck. Anger, anxiety, fear and sadness can overwhelm us and when they do, it is crucial to mindfully step into pro-active choices for self. One of the most beneficial ways of freeing yourself is having a trusted friend or confidante to release your truths in the moment. Connect with those you feel comfortable being fully honest with. Make an agreement with these special people in your life so you can call them in times of need. Knowing that you always have a trusted support person can be the turning point for ultimate freedom!